Siempre Mujer and many other publications. She is a
Mentoring Program. Today she lives in Clinton,
New Jersey with her partner, Kim, and their 14 year
old daughter, Sierra.
Is;there;a;secret;to;living;the;kind;of;life;that;is;a;bea-con to others, to having the energy, time and dedica-tion;to;do;all;that;Denice;has;done?;Especially;if;you
come from a blue-collar town, show up as a woman
in more than one male-dominated industry, and
have to deal with a few other daunting situations
About her first shopping trip for diapers for her
newborn daughter, who at first was not expected
to live, Denice says “I tell you I heard John Travolta
wanted to be that mom.” That’s perspective.
About her mentoring of others, she says “I am so excited and committed to ensuring our female leaders
are able to shine incredibly brightly in our industry.
Together we are changing the world by improving healthcare for consumers and patients.” That’s
“Diversity is ideas, ideas are innovation, and inno-vation;is;what;makes;a;company;successful.”;That’s
About all of the mountains she has had to climb,
she says “I will be grateful for what I have. I will be
grateful.” That’s perspective.
“Denice has been a friend, a colleague and an inspi-
ration to me, and all of us at Johnson & Johnson for
and CEO of J&J. “Her business acumen, bold leader-
And yet more challenges
Denice’s career arc would be enough of an accomplishment for most people, but it’s only a part of her story.
Along this road to success, Denice was conducting a
On an Outward Bound mountain climb she came to the
was not just a physical burden, but a metaphor for the
emotional baggage she was carrying – a sign that there
was a part of her she had never dealt with honestly.
And, later on, when she and her spouse, Kim, decided
the mother of a daughter with cerebral palsy. But she tells
the story best, as you can see in this video of her acceptance speech for this year’s Healthcare Businesswomen’s
Association Woman Of The Year Award. We guarantee
“My competitive advantage is me.”
Denice has been honored along the way for her career
achievements, her amazing ability to balance personal